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♪ it was a vibrant, young church with a vital young pastor. >> you just were awe struck by this guy. >> and his lovely, lonely wife. >> she was young and innocent and bright and kind. >> soon, tragedy. the pastor's wife died in a fire and that's when the strange things began. one by one, they fell under his spell. >> housewives, mothers, upstanding women. >> keeping his secret. >> what was it that allowed these women to go against everything that they believed in? >> temptation, adultery and maybe something even worse. >> it wrecked me.
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it completely destroyed me. >> was there evil among them? >> there is god. there is also a devil. >> and this is the devil? >> yes. >> twist of faith. >> thanks for joining us. i'm ann curry. the story you're about to hear involves a crime that went hidden for years. it centers on a charismatic pastor, called to counsel married couples in trouble. but these young couples were in far more trouble than they realized because this pastor was harboring a secret. here is josh mankiewicz. >> in seattle you'll find a little church. in here, the faithful practice christianity that embraced what could be called the supernatural. could be called the supernatural. they called it super spiritual. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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>> it was an emotional and visceral faith that believed in hearing prophecies directly from god. part of this story is about god, some of it isn't. >> there is a god and there is a devil. >> and this is the devil? >> yes. >> the evil of christ community church wouldn't start to reveal itself until after the death of 28-year-old dawn hackney, the wife of the youth pastor in a fire the day after christmas 1997. what happened after that would make many question their relationships with each other and with god. >> dawn was always my angel. >> diana parmalee remembers how, even as a child, religion was so important to her daughter, dawn. >> she was 4 years old when she accepted the lord into her life. she would come to bed with her
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dad and i and she would quote scriptures. >> faith was important, but also achievement. at 12, dawn represented washington state at the national spelling bee in washington, d.c. and she was high school valedictorian. >> i give god the glory for my accomplishments, because without him, i could not have remained strong and faithful. >> she was very smart. she was the brain. >> her best friend, eunice remembers how funny dawn could be. she was also sweet. >> happy birthday and i miss you a lot. hope you're having a good time. >> and eunice remembers how dawn seemed to have a sixth sense and just knew things she couldn't have known. >> i used to call her my conscience. for some reason, she would know what i was doing and call me, no matter where we were and say what are you doing? you have to stop. even when we went to different universities, she would call and
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know -- >> you were up to something you shouldn't have been up to? >> yeah. >> then dawn called to tell eunice she met someone special, someone who also had accepted christ at a young age, nick hackney. >> he was a knight, she said. you have to come down and meet him because i'm going to get serious about him. >> dawn and nick were married april 20th, 1990. a few years later, nick joined christ community church in bainbridge as the youth pastor. >> i love this church. i'm one of the pastors here. >> on this audio recording on one of his sermons, you can hear nick's contagious enthusiasm. >> open your bible and then -- and then praise god, get used to it, people. we're raising up a generation of young people that are excited about the word of god. >> he had a gift, the members believed, a god-given gift that he had known about since
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childhood. >> he's god's chosen one. >> greg olson wrote about christ community church in his new book "a twisted faith." >> he was an infant and ill and his parents were rushing him to the hospital and his dad prayed over him and said, god, take my boy and raise him and he will be yours forever and since that time, you w,kno nick, as a kid, would talk about this burden of being so special to god and what that meant for him. >> here is the congregation of christ community church in the mid '90s. the photo shows what looks like a group of happy people. there's nick and dawn. senior pastors bob and robert. and craig and annette anderson, who had joined christ community to be closer to god. but also to do the right thing for each other and their growing family. >> it seemed like a warm and welcoming place. >> annette and craig remember when they first move d there tht christ community church was a joyous place of music. ♪
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>> even if somewhat off-key. a place of warmth, spirituality and family. >> we were having babies. we were having a lot of things in common at that time. and it filled a great thing right away. >> i'm going to preach but before we do that, i'm going to ask craig and annette anderson to come up with their children. >> the youth pastor, nick hackney, oversaw the church welcoming of annette and craig's new arrival, their daughter, grace, in 1997. >> this is a special morning, a special morning for me. this is my first solo baby dedication, and i am so excited that it would be grace. praise god. >> tell me about nick hackney. >> he was a really likeable guy, really nice, like a brother. and he seemed almost like a breath of fresh air in there, because he was real. he wasn't uptight.
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he was funny. he was fun. >> i don't know how many minutes old she was, but she was there and my wife and i had a chance to hold her just minutes after she had been delivered. >> unlike all the other young couples at christ community, dawn and nick were holding off on having children. dawn, a loan officer at a local credit union, was the family breadwinner, as nick's job as a pastor didn't pay very much. but they were happy. >> they had a real chemistry between them that was real fun and close, just a cute couple. dawn was lovely. she was young and innocent and bright and kind and just a really good person. >> the hackneys seem like a pleasure to be around. >> they were. >> but soon dawn and nick would be the subject of a dark prophecy. maybe god was acting in mysterious ways on bainbridge island. coming up --
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>> these people are asking for the demons to be cast out of them in something like out of the exorcist. >> strange predictions. >> nick is going to go through some terrible things. >> nick is going to go through some[ mom ] my son ryan didn't know his voulez-vous from his frere jacques... [ speaking french ] [ mom ] ...so he decided to study in paris. ♪ to see french masterpieces with his very own eyes. we even linked our citibank account to his so when his account ran low we just transferred funds. i just hope the language isn't a barrier. bonjour. [ mom ] my ryan can be very shy. [ male announcer ] from linked accounts to citi mobile we make it simple to manage your finances. what's your story? citibank can help you write it. but what really happened? cnn -- not me -- cnn says his assertion about his tax record was "just plain wrong." jerry brown went out there and took credit for the fact that the people of california voted for proposition 13,
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there's a lot of things that are coming about in our church. and tonight i want to talk a little bit on that line. >> by 1997, annette and craig anderson saw their warm and welcoming church begin to change. they say it became more insular, more separate from mainstream christianity and it started to dominate the lives of the church members. was this church similar to the ones you had been to before? >> no. it was emotionally driven,
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everything was spiritualized, the super spirituality of digging demons out of you and so forth was part of something that set us apart from what other churches were doing. >> digging out demons was what christ community was after. there had been a change in leadership, founding pastor bob smith, often described as laid back, even warm and fuzzy, had been pushed aside by another pastor, biblical scholar and self-proclaimed apostle robert byley. a typical byley sermon lasted hours as people called out, cried, even spoke in tongues. and there were unusual counseling sessions that byley introduced that were done in private with pastors byley, smith and nick hackney. >> like something out of the exorcist or something where these people are being prayed over, screamed at and we're asking for the demons to be cast
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out of them. >> what kind of things were they asked? >> if they had had an affair, if they drank too much, if they had been to a baseball game, whatever was not considered correct. >> and all of it was written down. >> they were logged into a book and they watched it happen and they became very fearful and that kept people, i think, closer to the church because if you left the church, the gossip would follow. >> and you went along? >> yes. >> because you wanted to belong? >> no, because we felt like that was the way to be pleasing to god, to be open, to be transparent with something that we were really required to be. >> we wanted to elevate ourselves. and if you had some demons, who wants those hanging on, you know? so the process was to clean ourselves, to be a better person. >> and what would happen if you
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didn't go along? >> you would be labeled as having a demon of rebellion. >> and there were the prophecies. >> members of the congregation believed that god spoke to them? >> yes, pr pochlt hetically. >> one woman in particular seemed to have a direct pipeline, wife, mother, church secretary sandy glass. she said she had been hearing from god for years and would share what she learned with the congregation. god had told her that one of her babies would be born very early, but would be okay. and that was the case. god had also told her she needed a new car. so, she bought one. and it was a good car. members had heard that even the angel gabriel, best known for visiting the virgin mary and foretelling the birth of jesus christ, had also visited sandy glass. >> i mean, gabriel only appeared twice in the bible and third time was sandy glass.
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>> and then god told sandy and a few other members that there would be a devastating earthquake in seattle. >> so, you stockpiled a ton of food, waiting for this earthquake that hasn't happened yet? >> yeah. >> how much did that cost you? >> oh, hundreds and hundreds, thousands of dollars for sure. each family. >> for the most part, the members of christ community church were not people with money, but they believed. so, they did what god wanted as explained by sandy glass. then sandy heard something that she didn't share with everyone at church. she told only one person, the youth pastor, nick ha krchlhack. sandy said that in the fall of 1997, god told her that nick's wife, dawn, was going to die and that then she, sandy, would be with nick. when she told nick this prophecy, she said he replied, i knew it. nick didn't share the details,
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but hinted to annette anderson that something big was going to happen. >> i wasn't to be alarmed, it was part of god's plan, he was going to go through some terrible things. >> he made it sound like it was going to happen to nick, not to you, not to anybody else? >> no. it was going to happen to him and i wasn't to be alarmed as to what happened to him because he knew that we cared about him. >> coming up, could sandy's ominous prophecy come true? was nick's wife in danger? >> she said i'm ready to go. was nick's wife in danger? >> she said i'm ready to go. if i werto use it.i'm is was mye
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i see heaven open and the son of man standing at the right hand of god. >> nick hacheney had been there for church members. he wasn't always there for his wife, dawn. >> she saw her role as a pastor's wife. she knew that meant it was all about him and his helping the flock and doing what he needed to do. yet she still was lonely. she still wanted him to be home at night with her. i think that was hard. >> and in the fall of 1997,
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there were hints that things might not be as rosie as they seemed between nick and dawn. >> i saw dawn crying several times. she was trying to lose weight. she had a complete breakdown at a baby shower where she said she was trying to make herself more pleasing to nick. and that he hadn't been around very much. >> because she thought he was losing interest in her as a man? >> yeah. you know, it was sad. >> nick had been given a new responsibility that took up even more of his time. he started doing marriage counseling with some of the other young couples at the church. nick is assigned to do marriage counseling? >> that's right. seriously, here is a guy who is barely married but they pick him because he shows an aptitude for the gift of gab or working through problems and they send him loose with all these troubled couples. >> at the time the andersons were one of those troubled couples. annette remembers that, at
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first, nick's counseling sessions were helpful. >> he was really relational and seemed to, you know, know how to break down the barriers and cause, you know, the root issues to come out. >> when nick is doing marriage counseling, he inevitably ends up talking more with the women than the men? >> yeah. it seems like the guy is booted out the door after the first session. >> that's what happened with the andersons. nick told annette he needed to meet with her alone. in one of those solo sessions, nick asked annette to do a trust session with him. >> he thought i needed to trust god more. he had me do this exercise where he had us both stand up in his office and he stood behind me and he told me to fall backwards. he said just do it. turn around. i'll be here to catch you. and he did. he said that's how god is. he's going to catch you when you fall. you just need to trust more. >> usually that's something that counselors do for couples not one member of the couple and the counselor because the idea is that it shows the couple that
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they can trust one another. >> wow! >> it sounds as if nick was maybe drawing you in a little bit more to him, promising you a special, closer relationship with god if you had a special, closer relationship with him. >> yeah, i can see that, looking back on that. that's definitely the road we were going down. >> and just maybe nick had already been going down that road with someone else, pastor robert byley had been called in to investigate. >> i was getting complaints from the parents of a man in the congregation whose wife was having these meetings when the husband wasn't there and nick was spending an inordinate amount of time with this particular woman and it was wrong. >> this was sandy glass? >> this was sandy glass, yes. >> sandy glass, the prophetess, the woman that told nick that
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his wife was going to die, was spending a lot of time alone with nick hacheney. how soon after that do you talk to nick? >> immediately. >> next day? >> same day. >> byley told nick whatever was going on, it didn't look right and he need ed to stay away fro sandy. and he said what? >> at first there's an indication he's going to agree and follow instruction. but that doesn't happen. >> it was during that time that sandy began hearing from god, she said, about how she and nick would be together. and it turned out god was getting specific. they would be together, god told sandy, not just some time in the future, but some time after december 18th, 1997. sandy quoted god as telling her that dawn was going to die on december 18th. >> that's right. >> and that she and nick were going to be together after that? >> that's right. they were going to be married. they were going to fulfill their destiny. something big was coming and god
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was behind it. >> it seemed strange, god talking about bringing happiness to one woman, but killing another. robert byley thinks it wasn't god at all. do you think sandy really heard that approve es prophecy or nick made her believe that? >> you're leaving out a third option. >> which is? >> satanic or demonic forces that were speaking to her as well. they give people ideas. >> whatever it was, the hand of god, of satan or just of man, whatever was happening, that sixth sense that dawn hacheney was known for was kicking in. those december 18th came and went without incident, on christmas it seemed dawn felt trouble coming. she told her father that night that if something ever happened to her, she was good with god. >> she made a comment to him.
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she said, i'm ready to go. she said if i were to die, i'm ready. >> then, later on that night, dawn reached out to her friend, eunice. >> there was a message on my machine from dawn, saying we need to get together for dinner. we need to do it soon. call me. and it was late. and i thought okay, i'll call her tomorrow morning. >> in her message, dawn seemed in need, but eunice never found out why. the next day, december 26th, nick hacheney left his home early to meet friends before sunrise, to go duck hunting. the hacheneys were renovating their home and the heat was off. before he left, nick says he turned on the space heater in the bedroom so when dawn woke up, the warm would be warm. a little after 7:00 am, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the house. firefighter s out out the blaze quickly. it had started in the master bedroom and that's where they
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found her, dawn, still in bed, and burned beyond recognition. >> i was at home and i got a call that dawn had died in the fire. i immediately went down to the scene where the fire had occurred at the home. you know, i found nick there. >> despite their differences over whatever was going on between nick and sandy, pastor byley reached out to nick in a way that will sound extraordinary, if not unbelievable. >> he was aware of the work we had done in africa and tanzania and our ministry associates there had raised several people from the dead. >> literally brought people back to life? >> brought people back from the dead, literally. >> you offered to do that for dawn? >> i asked if he and i together can go pray. you have to ask god's grace. it's up to him. >> and nick said sure? >> no. he said no way. he said no way. >> in the culture of christ community church where faith
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meant believing in prophecy and so much more, saying no to asking god to bring his wife back made no sense. what did nick know that pastor byley didn't? coming up, the grieving pastor coveting another man's wife? >> what would i say if he wanted to run me upstairs and make mad, passionate love to me? >> when "twisted faith continues."
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the death of dawn hacheney had been a blow to all the members of christ community church. annette anderson remembers how nick seemed to be dealing with it better than most. >> he was peaceful. he looked exhausted. he seem ed like he was welcomin everyone that came through the door. >> he sounds remarkably composed for someone who had just suffered such a horrible loss. >> that was within the context of nick's extravagant personality that we knew. so, it didn't seem weird. it almost seemed confirming that, you know, what a remarkable man of god he is. >> how could somebody stand so tall and speak so well and so powerful after what he had just been through?
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it was another thing that you were just awe struck by this guy, how he could do that. >> not everyone was awe struck. after the fire, detectives from the bremerton police department brought nick in to talk. they asked what any husband would be asked in this situation. you didn't kill your wife, did you? he told them no, and that he believed wrapping paper from their christmas gifts had gotten too close to the space heater that he had turned on before heading out to hunt. he said he felt bad for not being more careful. he told the cops that day that he loved his wife deeply and did not know how he was going to be able to go on without her. nick's story sounded reasonable. they had been living in a house under construction that was barely liveable. there was no heat except for space heaters and nick was a well-respected church pastor. he never did mention to police that his good friend and prophetess, sandy glass, had foreseen dawn's death.
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less than a month later, the coroner ruled dawn hacheney's death an accident. when dawn died, you must have flashed back to those conversations when he told you something bad was going to happen. >> yeah. i had asked him shortly after dawn died, is this what you were talking about? and he just shh'd me, don't ask. don't ask. >> you took dawn's death as a sign of prophecy? >> i was impressed in a sad way. >> annette was impressed by nick's connection with god and she was also worried about him. after all, he lost his wife and his home. there were things that needed to be done, so annette offered to help him with insurance documents. >> what would i say if he wanted to run me upstairs and make mad, passionate love to me.
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i told him to knock it off, he was sinning. >> his wife had been dead how long at this point? >> three weeks, two, three weeks. >> and he's coming on to you? >> right. >> you chock that up to bizarre behavior spawned from grief? >> from a grieving man, right. >> did you tell him about it? >> i didn't. >> was it just an odd form of grieving that led nick to talk this way or was something else going on? a week or so later, annette says nick told her that god was up to something new these days and it involved the two of them having sex. because he was your pastor, you didn't say to him that's crazy, get away from me? i'm married? >> yeah, i did say that. >> and he said, it doesn't matter? >> no. >> this is what god wants? >> right. that's an excuse to not take a risk for a real form of christian love here, when somebody really needs it. and, again, he needed it because he had just lost his wife and
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had no physical comfort coming his way. >> so, you could serve god by providing physical comfort to one of of his servants? >> right. >> nick's version of christian love was different than the common definition. and annette was confused. she was part of this church that put pastors on a pedestal and a church that believed in prophecies from god, but she was also a woman of faith who believed adultery was a sin. now, here was her pastor, saying this wasn't adultery and that god wanted it. so, she agreed to meet her pastor at a hotel. so he you meet nick at the hotel. what's that like? fun, sexy, intriguing? >> biggest mistake of my life. it was a feeling of having jumped over a cliff. >> coming up, annette was not
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dawn hacheney had died in a terrible accident, a house fire, but her widowed husband, the church pastor, wasn't sitting home alone, bemoaning the loss of his wife. he was searching for female companionship among the members of christ community church. nick, during those months after dawn's death, is coming on to nearly every woman in the congregation. some are saying yes. some are saying no. >> uh-huh. >> he's a guy on a brand new mission. >> that's right. and he's good at it, apparently. he's getting a lot of takers. >> of course, he was still spening time with church secretary and prophetess, sandy glass, who had broken up with her husband after some marriage counseling with nick. there was nicole matheson whose husband had split after the two of them had done some counseling with nick. and there was pastor bob's 19-year-old daughter, lindsay, who was on a mission in africa.
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but that didn't stop nick. he began whoo'ing her via e-mail. annette, who was by now having sex with nick on a regular basis, didn't know about sandy, nicole or lindsay. and she found herself unable to say no to her pastor. one time when she had told him she couldn't meet him because she had to watch her baby, nick came up with a solution. he had you give one of your children cold medicine to put them to sleep so you could go see nick? >> right. that was a terrible, terrible moment. >> her baby was fine, but drugging her own child went against everything annette believed. and yet nick could say give the baby cold medicine and she would. >> he goes on this circuit of sympathy and talks to all these other women and talks about how he's grieving and how he misses his wife and how he doesn't have
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anybody to lie next to at night. >> the thing about those women just touching on that sympathy tour he was on, of course, none of them knew he was at the next house hours before, that he was going from place to place, you know, e-mailing lindsay about how much he was in love with her or going over to seduce annette or be with sandy or nicole. >> or dawn's mother? >> yeah, that was really hard. >> yes, you heard correctly. his dead wife's mother. diana was one of the women nick turned to for comfort after dawn died. >> i went through a lot of personal struggles with just wanting to escape from everything, but it led to other
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things, which i'm very ashamed of, things that i did. but at the time it was just my way of escaping. >> diana was crushed by the death of her only daughter and she saw in nick someone who could relate. >> i said that i was hoping that i could be dawn for him. and he told me then in response, he said, no. he says, i don't want you to be dawn. i want you to be yourself. and he said he wanted to love both of us. >> she says she just wanted to help a broken man, even if that man was her son-in-law.
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>> when i saw him, you know, i thought -- i just believed that i saw in his eyes the deep sadness that was there from the loss of dawn. >> diana says she's ashamed. and although she didn't know it, she wasn't alone. annette anderson was also suffering because of what she had done with her pastor. >> it completely destroyed me. it took me down lower than, really, i would have thought i could survive. >> what did you see happening to her during that year? what was she like? >> i always said if i had a gun in the house, she might have used it. it was a tough time to watch your wife go into a cave and, like i said, i think was almost suicidal. >> he thought it was about dawn's death. he never imagined what was really going on. >> hard to keep that secret? >> terrible.
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just terrible. it wrecked me. it completely destroyed me. >> the affair ended in late 1998, when nick decided he wanted to marry nicole matheson. he seems to have ended all of his other relationships at that point. still, the burden of what she had done was devastating to annette. when she learned a few years later what had been going on between nick and sandy glass, it confirmed her suspicion that the affair hadn't been god's plan at all, just nick's. so, in the spring of 2001, more than three years after dawn's death, annette finally blurted it out to her husband during a fight about the pastor they both had trusted. >> i was having a moment of anger, something. craig started defending nick. and i couldn't take it anymore. i just said, he's not a good guy. and craig said, did he have sex with sandy? is this why you're so mad?
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and i said yeah, but that's not all. and he said it wasn't you also, was it? and i said yeah, actually, it was. >> it was a terrible moment, but now it was out there. >> i was caught off guard by that. amazingly didn't see that coming. >> you never suspected? >> uh-uh. >> were you angry? >> yeah, yeah, i was pretty angry. >> at her or at nick? >> both. i probably took it, you know, how could you do that to me? two people that i trusted just stabbed me in the back. >> by then, christ community church had split with robert bily taking over the old church and nick and pastor bob opening up a new church a few towns over. knowing what he now knew, craig thought nick shouldn't be preaching to anyone. so, he called pastor bob to set up a meeting and sandy glass was invited, too. >> it started the ball rolling. and that's when sandy raised her hand and said not only did i
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have an affair with nick, i have something even worse to tell you. >> coming up, the final secret. >> this was a closed case? >> correct. >> sandy glass changed that? >> she did. [ female announcer ] we know jerry brown was mayor of oakland, but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours... they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results california needs now.
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it was 3 1/2 years after dawn hacheney's death when sandy glass heard that craig anderson was about to oust her affair with the youth pastor. she did someone no one foresaw. she hired a criminal attorney and called the bremerton police. at that point, this was a closed case. this was an accident? >> correct. >> but sandy glass changed everything? >> she did. >> sue was a detective at the bremerton police department when she was assigned the cold case into the death of dawn hacheney. >> she told us she had been involved in a relationship with nick hacheney. >> >> while he was married? >> while he was married to dawn and she had talked to him extensively about ending both her husband's life and the life of dawn. >> sandy glass split up with her husband, jimmy, in 1997, before
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dawn died. but apparently the prophecies kept coming. remember, she told nick that dawn would die on december 18th and then the two of them would be together. she told the police that she and nick were buying rings, planning on how they would celebrate christmas together. but then december 18th came and went and dawn was still alive. sandy says nick called her the next morning in tears because god had not lived up to his word. >> then sandy had another prophecy. she was praying and god spoke to her that nick's hands were no longer tied. >> meaning that nick could fulfill god's wishes by making sure that dawn was no longer on this earth? >> i think so. i think it was permission to do something. >> eight days later, december 26th, 1997, the fire broke out that killed dawn. sandy told police that later that day, nick called her to say "it's done." according to sandy, a few days
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after dawn's memorial service, nick told her he need ed to put their relationship on hold. was he worried about someone from the church talking to the cops about their relationship? maybe someone like pastor bily, who already had his suspicions? if nick was worried, he didn't need to be. did you mention that suspicion to anybody like, you know, the police? >> i didn't feel it was appropriate to be telling people i've got this suspicion. >> did anyone from that church come forward at the time, after dawn died, to say here's something you should know? >> no. >> would that have made a difference? >> you bet. >> but now nearly four years later, sandy glass spelled it all out for the cops. sandy says nick told her he laid awake in bed early on december 26th, 1997, until he heard from god, take the lamb, an old testament phrase urging the jews to take palestine, a phrase that
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members of christ community church meant to mean take what you want and so nick did. sandy said nick told her that he overdosed dawn with benadryl. >> we did have information that dawn did have a cold christmas day and had been taking benadryl, but there was an excessive amount in her body. >> despite the condition of dawn's body, the coroner's office did find a high level of difenhydromine and also found no smoke in her lungs. at the time, none of that was enough to spark a murder investigation until sandy glass came forward to say nick had told her that he had killed dawn. then that old information was seen in a new light, as evidence of a homicide. and sandy said that nick had told her that he had overdosed dawn on benadryl so she wouldn't be able to fight back when he suffocated her?
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>> correct. she described the manner in which nick killed dawn, talked about a plastic bag being put over dawn's head and how he watched dawn die beneath the plastic. >> in september 2001, nick hacheney was arrested for the murder of his wife, dawn. annette, craig, pastors bob and robert and lindsay were all called to testify. sandy, who cut a deal with the prosecution, was a star witness. do you think sandy glass is a hero for coming forward all that time later? >> hero? no. my belief is that if it had not been for sandy glass, my daughter would still be alive. i believe that she was the instigator of what happened. >> because of the prophecies she had or said she had or because
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she wanted to be with nick? >> both. i don't believe that the prophecies, the visions, dreams, or whatever that she had, i don't believe that they were from god. it's satan, not god. >> did sandy want to be with nick so badly that she persuaded nick to kill dawn? was it a self-fulfilling prophecy? detective schultz says just the opposite. nick manipulated sandy, as he had all the other women, into doing what he wanted. i met a couple of these women. they are not people that you think of as women who don't take their marriage vows seriously. >> no, absolutely not. they're housewives. they're mothers. they're upstanding women that walked away, just amazed and wondering how could a man like nick hacheney convince these
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women to have sex with him? what was it about nick hacheney that allowed these women to go against everything that they believed in and to go against their vows with their marriages? >> nick's defense team said that no matter what his infidelities, none of it made him a murder. they focused on the timeline and the science of fires, saying nick had left the house too early to set a fire that was blazing after 7:00 am when the 911 call came in. five years to the day of dawn's death on december 26th, 2002, nick was convicted of killing his wife. he is eligible for parole in 2025. through his attorney, nick maintains his innocence and he's appealing his conviction. neither sandy nor nick would talk to "dateline" on camera. >> heavenly father, we are so grateful -- >> for the andersons, who thought joining a church would strengthen their family, it's been years of healing.
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>> you're not quite going to go down -- how do i want to say it? >> the devout road in the same way. >> completing each other's sentences, a sign of how craig and annette have gotten through what happened and learned a painful lesson along the way. >> trust is hard for me, especially in the context of church, because i know that power corrupts and that church is a place that people can get power. >> so, the big sin of everybody in that church was that they weren't cynical enough? >> that's right. they were trusting and they wanted to follow their leaders. >> there are warnings in scripture about the dangers of following false prophets. annette and craig anderson learned that the hard way. they've since found another church and they still have a place for god in their lives. maybe the most amazing thing out of all of this, to me, is that the two of you didn't lose

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